Saturday, August 30, 2014
Another tank for the gym: black and turquoise Simplicity 9776-ish
So this is the other gym tank I made last week on my vacation.
It's Simplicity 9776 again, modified to use FOE as I learned in the PR class "More Knits" last summer.
Both the stretch lace and the turquoise knit I used for underlining came from Michael Levine Loft in LA during my November trip with Rachel and Janette. This lace only stretches crosswise. The overall effect is the lace looks more refined somehow, but the top is less stretchy overall. The FOE is from Pacific Trimming from MPB Day this year.
My serger really hacked up the inside of my black and white tank. I was wondering, do I need to replace the blade? Break down and buy a serger that threads itself and adjusts its own tension? I wound up serging really slowly this time and I also, cough cough, read the manual. It turns out my serger manual has a chart with the suggested settings for each tension disk as well as recommendations for the differential feed. Ahem--a better place to start than what I had been doing--trial and error and getting massively frustrated. For this tank, the right settings were: 5 5 4 3.5 with DF = N
I used this stretch lace trim to finish the bottom edge with a zig zag stitch. That was because I couldn't use the selvedge because the stretchiness really was crosswise. On my black and white tank, the direction with the most stretchiness was lengthwise, so I could cut it using the selvege as the bottom edge.
I wore it at the gym to boogietone on Monday night, but I got to class just as it was starting, and my sewing cheerleader Sara wasn't there, so no comments were made. Overall I think the lining inside the top should be a little smaller than the lace itself.
I made 2 and a half more things during my vacation....so still more to show you! I am especially excited about the dress that is half finished. I really want to finish it this weekend.
Here is a gratuitous cat picture of the stray my dad is feeding. Due to the cat's coloring, I suspect this cat is a tortie female, but I don't know...the cat definitely has tortitude! The cat is a bit skittish and only wants to be on the back porch for a short while.